Champions Tour Statistical Winners


Champions TourPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- On Sunday, Jay Haas captured the Charles Schwab Cup by a mere 20 points over Loren Roberts on the final stroke of the 2006 season. In addition to Haas dramatic Cup victory and the $1 million first-prize annuity, 11 Champions Tour statistical categories were finalized at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Appropriately enough, Haas and Roberts, who battled all year long for tournament titles and awards, were the only players to lead multiple categories. Haas led three and Robert two.
Arnold Palmer Award (official money title) ' Jay Haas, $2,420,227
Haas total was the highest since Hale Irwin won a record $3,028,304 in 2002. Haas finished $54,832 ahead of No. 2 Loren Roberts. He also became the first player on Tour to win both the Arnold Palmer Award and the Charles Schwab Cup in the same year since Tom Watson did so in 2003.
Byron Nelson Award (lowest scoring average) -- Loren Roberts, 69.01
Roberts' stroke average in 2006 was the lowest on the Champions Tour since Tom Watson in 2003 (68.81). Jay Haas finished second (69.07). Of his 67 rounds played on the Champions Tour this year, Roberts had 52 sub-par scores and recorded 40 rounds in the 60s. The .06 differential between Roberts and Haas was the closest race since 2000 when Gil Morgan (68.83) nipped Larry Nelson (68.87).
Driving Distance -- Dan Pohl, 293.0
For the second consecutive year, Pohl topped the Champions Tour in Driving Distance. In 2005, his average drive was (300.5). Pohl led the PGA TOUR in Driving Distance in 1980 (274.3) and 1981 (280.1).
Driving Accuracy Percentage -- David Edwards, 83.79%
Edwards led the PGA TOUR in Driving Accuracy in 1994 (81.6%). He topped the field in this category at four events (Senior PGA Championship, 3M Championhip, Boeing Greater Seattle Classic, JELD-WEN Tradition).
Greens In Regulation Percentage -- Tom Watson, 76.42%
Watson's percentage was the highest on the Champions Tour since Tom Kite in 2000 (78.0). Watson finished second in this category in 2002 with a previous-best of 74.87.
All-Around -- Jay Haas, 87
Haas didn't finish lower than 26th (Driving Accuracy Percentage) in any individual stats category and was among the top 5 in Birdie Average (first), Putting Average (second), Scoring Average (second) and Greens In Regulation Percentage (fourth).
Total Driving -- Mark James, 24
James claimed this stats category for the second time in three years. He won in 2004 with 41. He became the first international player to claim this stats category twice. Scotland's Brian Barnes also was the Champions Tour's leader in Total Driving in 1996 (30). Last year, James ranked 11th in Driving Accuracy Percentage (77.08%) and 13th in Driving Distance (278.7).
Putting Average -- Loren Roberts, 1.726
Nicknamed 'The Boss of the Moss', Roberts' average was the best on the Champions Tour since Rodger Davis in 2003 (1.726). He was the PGA TOUR's leading putter in 1994 (1.737). Roberts had 439 one-putts and only three-putted 19 times in 21 Champions Tour events in 2006.
Birdie Average -- Jay Haas, 4.51
Haas had 302 birdies in his 67 rounds played on the Champions Tour this year. Last year, his birdie average was 4.33.
Eagles (Holes per) -- Hajime Meshiai, 92.0
Meshiai made nine eagles in the 828 holes he played on the Champions Tour this year.
Sand Save Percentage -- Jerry Pate, 62.07
Pate made 36 saves in 58 attempts from the sand in 2006. He was perfect getting it up-and-down out of the bunker in five of the 14 events he played this year before surgery shortened his season in mid-July.
The 2006 Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year will be voted on by active members of the Champions Tour. An announcement about the winners will be made in December.
Information courtesy of the PGA TOUR